Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose
Posted On April 2, 2021
“Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.” ~ Bo Bennett
The reaction of many people to the visualization is that it is a lot of New Age nonsense.
Not so fast!
Visualization is such a powerful mental tool because we can literally create the experience we want if the one we really want is not available.
It is a very real and effective tool. In fact, whether you know it or not, you practice visualization all the time.
Through our imagination and “visualization”, we can create a virtual experience. Science has shown that the human nervous system is unable to distinguish between real experience and the same vividly imagined experience in detail.
Worry is a perfect example of how we create synthetic experience. When we worry about something, what are we really doing? We are projecting ourselves mentally, emotionally, and even physically into a situation that hasn’t even happened!
If you think that the visualization is not working, or if it is just an exaggerated advertisement self help Tip, let’s consider the following: Have you ever heard of someone who cared so intensely about something that they actually got sick?
The fact is, if a person cares intensely enough about failure, they will experience the same reactions that accompany actual failure. You will experience feelings of anxiety, inadequacy, humiliation, and eventually physical ailments such as headaches and ulcers. When it comes to your mind and body, you have failed. And if you worry about a particular problem long enough, if you focus and visualize failure hard enough, you will fail.
If you think about it, the concern is the negative use of creative imagination and visualization. It simply cannot be anything else. Worry is nothing more than a vividly imagined, negative, synthetic experience. It cannot be anything other than synthetic because it has not happened!
The person who worries about failure is unknowingly defeating himself, while literally “creating” his own future. You are feasting on a feast of negative data.
If you spent the same amount of time visualizing success, you would reverse the process. Instead of anxiety, apprehension, and fear, you could develop confidence and self-assurance.
Each of us, whether we realize it or not, constantly practices visualization and self-realization.
Why not practice visualizing the person you most want to become, or the situation or outcome you most want? Through visualization, you can become the person you want to become. Use your spare moments to focus on whatever it is you want. Put more into the positive use of your imagination rather than devoting your attention and energy to worry. It really is that simple. Show me a wart of concern that doesn’t get its “negative” result.
The visualization process, whether good or bad, works all the time.
The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~ Buddha
Each of us is the product of our thoughts and experiences. Through thought, we can control to an almost incredible degree our experience and our environment. Whether or not we choose to direct our course through life is entirely up to us. The important thing is that we know we can. We have that power.